Easiest Dutch Phrases

Easiest Dutch Phrases feature words similar to English that will enable you to understand what is meant.

Use the spelling and/or sound of each word similar to English to help you figure out its meaning.

After single words in Dutch spelled like English, a good next step is short phrases of several words similar to English. To keep it easiest, these are phrases but not sentences, as are in Phrase Books for Travel. Sentences have too many words to deal with when you are just beginning.

The foreign version is placed first to encourage you to look for and recognize foreign words similar to ones in English -- and deduce what the foreign words mean by yourself without being given the translation first.

From the key words similar to English you should be able to make out the meanings of the other Dutch connecting words that are not similar to English. Use the words similar to English as clues to the meanings of the other Dutch words. Try to just get the overall meaning of each phrase without trying to translate each unfamiliar Dutch word. Many are like phrases in English that express ideas you have said or heard often before.

These phrases in Dutch are followed by the English words that would be a good guess using as clues the Dutch words similar to English. So as a result these are rough translations of the Dutch phrases, which may not be the exact meanings, but will be close enough that you could deduce what is meant.

After the Dutch and English versions of each phrase is the pronunciation of the Dutch phrase.

The easiest way is to just read them. Or if you see some you might possibly use on your trip to Sweden, you can try to pronounce them, which is not easiest.

Consider each phrase as a puzzle you can probably solve. Have fun with the challenge of it. Try to guess what each Dutch phrase means without looking at the rough English version. See how far down the list you can get.




aan de pil -- on the Pill -- [aan duh ‘pill’]

allergisch reactie -- allergic reaction -- [ah-LEHR-khee-suh ray-AHK-see]

allergisch voor penicilline -- allergic to penicillin -- [ah-LEHR-khees "for" PAY-nee-see-LEE-nuh]

dat is -- that is -- [daht ihs]

dit adres -- this address -- [diht ah-DREHS]

dit straat -- this street -- [diht straat]

een week -- a week -- [uhn vayk]

ew ticket -- your ticket -- [ew ‘ticket’]

ew paspoort -- your passport -- [ew pahs-POART]

gaan dansen -- go dancing -- [khaan DAHN-suhn]

goed bar -- good bar -- [khoot ‘bar’]

goed café -- good café -- [khoot ‘cafe’]

goed restaurant -- good restaurant -- [khoot rehs-toa-RAHNT]

half uur -- half hour -- [hahlf ewr]

hier voor -- here for -- ["here for"]

hier voor een seminar -- here for a seminar -- ["here for" uhn SEH-mee-nahr]

hier voor een conferentie -- here for a conference -- ["here for" uhn kohn-fuh-REHNT-see]

hier voor studie -- here for studies -- ["here for" STEW-dee]

koffie met melk -- coffee with milk -- [KOH-fee meht mehlk]

hoe lang -- how long -- [hoo lahng]

Ik heb -- I have -- [ihk hehp]

Ik werk voor... -- I work for... [ihk vehrk ‘for’]

Kan ik... -- Can I... ['can' ihk]

mijn auto -- my auto -- [mien OW-toa]

mijn naam -- my name -- [mien naam]

mijn nummer -- my number -- [mien NUH-muhr]

mijn telefoon -- my telephone -- [mien tay-luh-FOAN]

specialiteiten van de chef-kok -- specialties of the chef -- [SPAY-shaa-lee-TIE-tuhn fahn duh "CHEF"-kohk]

spreek Engels -- speak English -- [sprayk EHNG-uhls]

studeer Engels -- study English -- [stew-DAYR EHNG-uhls]

te heet -- too hot -- [tuh hayt]

te koud -- too cold -- [tuh kowt]

te laat -- too late -- [tuh laat]

twee personen -- two persons -- [tvay puhr-SOA-nuhn]

uw nummer -- your number -- [ew NUH-muhr]

vaginale infectie -- vaginal infection -- [FAA-khih-NAA-luh ihn-FEHK-see]

voor één week -- for one week -- [foar ayn vayk]

Waar is... -- Where is... -- [vaar ihs]



In some cases an English phrase is similar to one word in Dutch -- with a Dutch word equal to an English phrase.

This linking words together in Dutch causes little problem for you when both parts are similar to English, but makes for some other very long unfamiliar words in Dutch.


aluminiumfolie -- aluminum foil -- [AA-loo-MEE-nee-yuhm-FOA-lee]

bikiniwax -- bikini wax -- [bee-KEE-nee-vahks]

busstation -- bus station -- [‘bus’-staa-SHOHN]

creditcard -- credit card -- [‘credit’-kaart]

e-mailadres -- e-mail address -- [‘e-mail’-aa-DREHS]

evenementenprogramma -- program of events -- [AY-fuh-nuh-MEHN-tuhn-PROA-khrah-maa]

fastfoodrestaurant -- fast-food restaurant -- [fahst-‘food’-rehs-toa-RAHNT

faxnummer -- faxnumber -- [FAHKS-nuh-muhr]

fitnessruimte -- fitness room -- [‘fitness’-RAWM-tuh]

Goedemorgen -- Good morning -- [KHOO-duh-MOHR-khuhn]

internetcafé -- internet café -- [IN-tah-neht-ka-feh]

livemuziek -- live music -- [laaif-mew-ZEEK]

menstruatiepijn -- menstrual pain -- [mehn-strew-AAT-see-pien]

parkeergarage -- parking garage -- [pahr-KAYR-khaa-RAA-zhuh]

roomservice -- room service -- [‘room service’]

taxistandplaats -- taxi stand -- [TAHK-see-STAHND-plaats]

telefoonnummer -- telephone number -- [tay-luh-FOAN-nuh-muhr]

tennismatch -- tennis match -- ["tennis"-mehtsh]

toiletpapier -- toilet paper -- [tvaa-LEHT-paa-peer]

wasmachines -- washing machines -- [VAHS-maa-shee-nuhs]



Some Dutch phrases have words in a different order than they would be in English, but in spite of this you should be able to understand what the following phrases mean.


e-mail checken -- my e-mail -- ["e-mail" TSHEH-kuhn]

Heeft het hotel... -- Does this hotel have... -- [hayft heht hoa-TEHL]

Heeft u... -- Do you have... -- [hayft ew]

hier kamperen -- camp here -- [ ‘here’ kahm-PAY-ruhn]

hier parkeren -- park here -- [ ‘here’ pahr-KAY-ruhn]

hier stoppen -- stop here -- ["here" STOH-puhn]

incheckbalie -- check-in -- [IHN-‘check’-BAA-lee]

inloggen -- log in -- [IHN-lohk-uhn]

me helpen -- help me -- [muh HEHL-puhn]

toilet repareren -- repair the toilet -- [tvaa-LEHT RAY-paa-RAY-ruhn]

tv repareren -- repair the TV -- [tay-VAY RAY-paa-RAY-ruhn]

uitloggen -- log out -- [hoo moot ihk AWT-lohk-uhn]

Waar vind ik... Where can I find... [vaar fihnt ihk]



For a greater challenge, go to the web page Easiest Dutch Sentences, where some of these same phrases appear in easy Dutch sentences.

For a greater challenge, go to the web page Easiest Dutch Sentences.

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